A white van jumped the sidewalk in this city's historic Las Ramblas district and crashed into a summer crowd of residents and tourists Thursday, killing at least 13, according to Spanish media. Police said they are treating the incident as a terror attack, and confirmed that 32 people were seriously injured.
The Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper reported at least 20 injured, and the Spanish newspaper El Pais quoted unnamed police sources as saying that armed perpetrators of the crash were holed up in a bar in Tallers Street. There was no immediate police confirmation of the latter report.
In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying in the street after the afternoon incident and were apparently being helped by police and others.
Police cordoned off the broad, popular street, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. They asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene.
Las Ramblas, a street of stalls and shops that cuts through the center of Barcelona, is one of the northern city's top tourist destinations. People walk down a wide, pedestrianized path in the center of the street, but cars can travel on either side.
10:16 a.m.: This article has been updated with police saying 32 were seriously injured.
10 a.m.: This article has been updated with Spanish media reporting up to 13 killed.
9:45 a.m.: This article has been updated with a report from Spanish media that at least 20 people were injured.
9:29 a.m.: This article has been updated with a report from Spanish media that police have at least one confirmed fatality and are treating the incident as a terrorist attack .
9:11 a.m.: This article has been updated with a report from Spanish media that armed crash perpetrators are holed up in a bar.
8:55 a.m.: This article has been updated with information about the district and confirmation of several injuries.
8:40 a.m.: This article has been updated with police reporting possible injuries.
This article was originally published at 8:25 a.m.